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Returning to teach

You may have left teaching to take a break from work, have a family or experience another career. Many teachers do, and thousands return every year. If you are thinking of returning, there is plenty of help to guide you on your way and ease your route back into teaching. The TDA website  has comprehensive guidance, and the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (national curriculum) is particularly useful for the latest information on returning. Documentation is available from the publications unit of the Department for Education, and you can also find telephone support on the TDA teaching enquiry line on Freephone: 0800 389 2500 . We also advise you to:

  • register with the Returning to Teach (formerly Keeping in Touch) programme via , to keep up with developments in the profession and receive information about jobs and training opportunities
  • complete a returners' course, to help you refresh your skills and catch up with changes in education.

There are some local teaching courses available.   Returners to Teaching should contact the School of Education at Roehampton University or visit .